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Women and Work Collection

Call Number: MS 1313

Scope and Contents

In 1978 the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations (University of Michigan-Wayne State University) began issuing a series of transcripts of interviews conducted under the auspices of the Twentieth Century Trade Union Women Oral History Project. Some seventy-five women who had achieved positions of leadership in their unions or in the trade union movement were interviewed for the project. Transcripts of these interviews, published under the general title "The Twentieth Century Trade Union Woman: Vehicle for Social Change," make up this collection.

A few of the interviews were prepared in cooperation with other universities conducting similar projects, among them Pennsylvania State University, the Black Women Oral History Project of the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe College, the Ohio Labor History Project, the Roosevelt University Oral History Project, the Southern Oral History Program, and the University of Iowa Oral History Project. Although a wide range of industries and their respective unions were surveyed, the unions most heavily represented are the Amalgamated Clothing Workers Union, the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union, the Textile Workers Union, and the United Auto Workers.

The interviews, which are in the form of electrostatic copies, have been arranged alphabetically by the name of the woman interviewed; her affiliation, the name of the interviewer, and the date of the interview are indicated. An index to the interviews by union or political group is also included in this register. Four of the women interviewed - Marie Fese, Eula McGill, Julia Luna Mount, and Celia Pincus - have restricted their interviews, i.e., the transcripts may be read but permission to publish excerpts or quote from the text must be obtained from the interviewee.


  • 1978

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.


The collection is arranged alphabetically by last name of interviewee.


3.75 Linear Feet (9 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Typed transcripts (electrostatic copies) of interviews with women for the project: "The Twentieth Century Trade Union Woman: Vehicle for Social Change," conducted by the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations (University of Michigan-Wayne State University) Program on Women and Work.


  1. Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers' Union - folder 29
  2. Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America - folders 2, 10, 12, 26, 27, 36, 43, 45, 52, 54
  3. American Federation of Labor - folder 44
  4. American Federation of Labor - Congress of Industrial Organization - folder 32
  5. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees - folder 42
  6. American Federation of Teachers - folder 15
  7. American Labor Education Service - folder 17
  8. Augusta Building Trades Council - folder 1
  9. Brotherhood of Railway and Airline Clerks - folder 11
  10. Communications Workers of America - folders 7, 55, 56
  11. Domestic Workers of America - folder 41
  12. Hotel and Restaurant Employees' and Bartenders' International Union - folder 48
  13. Industrial Workers of the World - folder 5
  14. International Brotherhood of Teamsters - folder 35
  15. International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union - folders 9, 13, 18, 19, 33, 46
  16. International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union - folder 25
  17. International Union of Electrical Workers - folder 3
  18. International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America - See United Automobile Workers
  19. National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees - folder 51
  20. Office Employees' International Union - folder 21
  21. Office Workers' Union - folder 53
  22. Philadelphia Federation of Teachers - folder 39
  23. Progressive Party - folder 49
  24. Service Employees' International Union - folder 31
  25. Textile Workers' Union of America - folders 34, 40, 47, 50
  26. United Automobile Workers - folders 14, 16, 20, 37
  27. United Cannery, Agricultural, Packing, and Allied Workers of America - folder 30
  28. United Farm Workers - folder 8
  29. United Hatters, Cap and Millinery Workers' International Union - folder 22
  30. United Rubber Workers - folder 24
  31. United Steelworkers of America - folder 38
  32. Waitresses' Union - folder 6
  33. Women's Trade Union League - folder 23
  34. Women's Alliance to Gain Equality - folder 28
  35. Young Women's Christian Association - folder 4
Guide to the Women and Work Collection
Under Revision
compiled by Ruth Gay
November 1981
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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